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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 2, 2006 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Strangers Stopping Strangers....

This thought came to me while answering/reading Liam's recent post about crowd reaction from break-out songs, etc...

I read Capt. Cook's account of the MSG '83 show when they pulled out Stephen and he's spot on with the delerium that followed....and I realized that it's a quite remote possibility, but having been at that same show, I could very well have shared a look of amazement or a high five or a passed-along number w/the Captain....

as could be the case with any one of the many posters on this forum. I mean, many of us must have dozens of instances of having been at the same show in the past X number of years--and how cool is it to think that we're essentially "strangers stopping strangers" to electronically "shake hands" on this forum, and perhaps we have already shared the experience in person w/out even realizing it!

Like most of us, i'm sure, I saw shows primarily with a big (or small) troupe of friends and hung out throughout with them...but I occassionally liked to circulate on my own for a while during different parts of a show (especially space>drums, when I would take a bathroom break, get a drink, or step into the halls to watch the twirlers for a while), and often encountered some fun and interesting folks along the way...even if for just a brief nod of hello or to say "damn--wasn't that ______ incredible?"

I just think it's cool to know it could have been with one of "the gang" from here.

Aprapos of nothing, I guess...but just thought i'd pass the thought along!

GC

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Nov 2, 2006 10:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Strangers Stopping Strangers....

...just to shake their hands...Hey, thanks for the thoughts GC. I used to flutter around solo often and had many wonderful experiences. Sometimes though, when the going got too weird, I'd need to dance with the ones that brought me. Some of my finest GD memories happened when I was by myself though and, like you, when I really needed to express my astonishment at this transition or that song choice, there was always someone who knew just what I was thinking when I said "holy shit...did you hear that?!" ...you perhaps? It's been years since I've known anyone who cared about the magik, it's grate to have the forum. Peace out.

This post was modified by willowgordon on 2006-11-03 06:20:59

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 2, 2006 10:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Strangers Stopping Strangers....

So true your post. And even though the shows were played in larger and larger venues, at its core, i always felt that deadheads were a tight community of people, despite whether they shared the same ideas, opinions or values. When blacklakelight mentioned in an earlier post that he was at the Omni in '88, i admittedly felt a connection with him (both of us "strangers") on some level due to having been at the same show, and shared the same musical experience/journey. Too cool. Many thanks for the post.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 3, 2006 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Strangers Stopping Strangers....

See? This is exactly what i'm talking about--I was also at that 1988 Omni show in Atlanta!!!!

How great was that Candyman in the first Set? and the Terrapin in the 2nd? What a great show.